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about the president obama and congressional leaders pressed their way about the public life at the fellowship foundation national prayer breakfast in washington. the annual event with president eisenhower. we also hear from johns hopkins director dr. benjamin. this is 90 minutes. [applause] ♪ ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and mrs. michelle obama. ♪ [applause] [applause] >> good morning. we've had a wonderful time together to discuss issues. thanks for your attention. it's overwhelming -- >> [inaudible] >> yes, have a seat. please, sorry. [laughter] >> thank you. >> it's overwhelming to think of the pathway that each person took to get to this event today. some from little villages halfway around the world, and some from just 12 blocks away. thank you. this event taken place for 61 years now began with a group of people that happened to be leaders wanting to get together for breakfast and prayer. one thing i know for sure is life is complicated and is likely to get more complicated. but as the senate of the weekly prayer group we've learned taki
that we are engaged in the 21st century. honestly i would like to join president obama and commending our troops and condemning north korean nuclear test. we are still trying to figure out whether or not it was a nuclear test. this was a clear violation of north korea's own commitments under the six party talks. it is undermining regional security. the actions are increasing the risk of proliferation. further isolating north korea from the international community. there is no question that north korea constitutes regional stability that is lacking. combination of a regional missile test that combines with this nuclear test, we believe it represents a real threat to the united states of america. make no mistake, the u.s. military will take over necessary steps to meet the commitments of the republic of korea and our regional allies. i was pleased yesterday that the u.n. security council it condemned north korea's actions. this is a strong first step as we work to increase the pressure on the regime with new sanctions and new steps that we hope to take with regards to our presence in that a
president obama as foreign policy. but regardless of how we may feel the vote on the nomination will not change as policies. if there is a risk it will be the department's leaderless under military challenges and under combat operations underseas the senior leadership would be unlikely to benefit men and women in uniform given the explosion of the nuclear device for the delay to adopt this nomination i think will send the wrong message to north korea. the president needs to have a secretary of defense who will give unvarnished device, integrity and as a personal understanding relative to the use of military force. senator hegel's certainly has those qualifications and is well qualified to lead the department of defense. >>. >> as i have said many, many times going back to senator hagel how much i admire his service to his country, the job he did, the purple hearts but in my mind is that a justification to confirm to the nomination as secretary of defense? what you said was accurate in terms of the hearings. but that is now with you said or lived in the past. i was the first who
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